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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Seventh Decade
Sonnet X. I meet not mine, by others’ discontent
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
I MEET not mine, by others’ discontent.
  For none compares with me in true devotion;
  Yet though my tears and sighs to her be spent,
  Her cruel heart disdains what they do motion.
Yet though persisting in eternal hate,        5
  To aggravate the cause of my complaining,
  Her fury ne’er confineth with a date:
  I will not cease to love, for her disdaining.
Such puny thoughts of unresolvèd ground,
  Whose inaudacity dares but base conceit,        10
  In me and my love never shall be found:
  Those coward thoughts, unworthy minds await.
But those that love well, have not yet begun;
Persèver ever, and have never done!

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